Rare Yellow Cardinal Sighting

This is amazing! Thought I would share with my bird lover friends! 🕊🦜



Spring has Officially Sprung

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:19 NLT

It’s official! Spring has at-long-last sprung forth for me!!! 🦋🐝🌼🌸🌺🌷💐 Yesterday was the initial appearing of a solitary dragonfly onset for the year!

The dainty insect circled around me once, hovering, as if making sure I noticed, did a couple of loops and zoomed off in search of grander adventures.

Phenomenal, extraordinary–can’t do justice in the tender feeling of kisses blown straight down from Heaven by my loving, divine Father!

This Heart Token Journey is without fail, a sweet, infinitely, worthwhile experience that adds a resplendent twinkle to my eyes and perpetual smile on my face!

A precious sister, of my equally, precious sister-in-law, shared a memory the other day of her mother. She had recently passed two or three years ago, and she was relating the fact that her Mom was convinced that spring wasn’t official till she beheld her first purple bloom.

Seasonal flowers enhedged her Mom’s lovely home near the river, as long as I can remember. What a beautiful remembrance!

How is spring officially sprung for you? Do you have memories of colorful springtimes gone by? I would love to hear about them!🌷

It’s His!

Sipping on liquid sunshine this morning, I was reminded that God owns it all, even the cattle on the hills.

Grass, the very air we breathe, and the whole expanse of His creation was spoken into existence by His very Word!

He has no problems keeping tabs on every creature and thing, so why are you fretting my friend about that thing that has you down?

He’s not a God that cannot be touched by the feeling of your infirmities. He knows!

With one snap of His finger, things can turn around for you! He will take care of it and you!

So I leave you with these encouraging words that are painted on my coffee mug, “ALWAYS be Joyful in Hope!!!”

More Valuable

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26

What a beautiful sight this morning! Standing at my kitchen window, waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, I see a bright red male cardinal, his female companion, and several unknown little brown birds, scratching around for breakfast.

In the background I can hear birds calling to one another. Maybe they’re happy that the rain has let up for a while.

It’s through these ‘little’ things that I take life in general for granted. I have a roof over my head out of the rain and food that I didn’t have to hunt.

Even though we have trials in our life that pelt down on us like the rain that washed the birds this morning, God is mindful of us. He has every detail planned, and we don’t have to worry.

Yes, we get sick, face things that we wish God would not let us go through, but through it all, He will give you seeds of grace to carry you through, till you get that miracle!

Even though God’s creatures are very special to Him, you have even more value than they! Enough gabbing already! I believe there is a freshly percolated cup of joe calling my name! Have a blessed day!

Meet Thumbelina

Once upon a time, a beautiful little, black-haired Princess was born into the kingdom. She was small, but she was fierce!

Many nights, she woke up all those who slept soundly in the magical castle.

As she grew, her giggles were carried upon the wind and could be heard throughout the whole kingdom.

She ran skipping and playing all day, without a care in the world, blowing bubbles, while the mystical breeze swirled her long, blonde hair behind her. By this time her hair had turned into a lovely, golden blonde.

She was given the name Angel, but she preferred the name Thumbelina much better. Whenever anyone called her by her given name, she would simply say, “Just call me Thumbelina.”

It wasn’t long till time passed, and she grew up and had her very own little Ade—“Lena.” Now, the castle is occupied by two Princess Lenas!

And so another adventure begins….

(the beginning of ) The end!

Happy Birthday our Angel Shayna —errr–Thumbelina!!! We love you!

When Prayers Avail

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

‭‭James‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Captivity is turned–double for the trouble–when we intercede for our friends. There is no greater love than this, to lay down your life for your friends.

Selflessly and consciously laying our own desires or needs aside and grabbing hold of a sister’s hand and praying for her financial blessing, not our own.

Silently whispering a prayer for that person a pew ahead who is heavy-laden in trials, even when your own storm is raging.

This is the third night in a row of me trying to shut down my brain to get some much needed sleep. And, of course, my thoughts are rattling away, just like the keytrokes of an old antique typewriter.

My mind goes back to going up for prayer in the morning service, desperately needing God to ease the sinus pressure before my head threatened to literally explode off my shoulders and launch right into orbit. Sadly returning home in the same shape I came.

Determined not to miss yet another service, so I returned again tonight. With a heart to worship, I gave God the praise due to His Name.

A sweet saint of God was letting the tears flow as her son was seeking after God in the altar. I barely felt like standing, but stood praying along with others for His salvation.

After making my way back to my pew, church over at this point, a friend asked if I was feeling any better. I looked up in surprise and realized that indeed I did!

While I was not thinking and worrying about myself, God had slipped in showing that He always hears an unselfish prayer.

Prayer is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. Showing our love for one another in fervent prayer does in fact avail much in the eyes of God.

Pray on my friend. Those prayers are not bouncing, but touching the very heart of God! And I am believing that God will continue to touch my body and give me a speedy recovery! 🙌🙏

I pray for you my friends, that God will take care of whatever is troubling you. I pray that your prayers avail much and reach the throne of God. God Bless! 👸🤴🏻

Tokens of His Love Part 2

***Before I begin the explanation of why I named this Part 2, I would like to invite you to go back and read my original blog, Tokens of His Love, to refresh your memory. I named this Part 2 of a ‘continuation of that story.’ ***

Sorry I’ve been off the grid for a while. I will explain later on in my story.

My latest Heart Token took me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes! Let me introduce you to the newest member of my family. Her name is Adelena Renae. My first grand-daughter by my oldest daughter. She has stolen our hearts for sure!

She was born with an Angel Kiss on her forehead in the shape of a heart! God never seizes to amaze me in all that He is doing and showing me. If it hasn’t sunk in by now, Jesus must really love me! He keeps sending me His Love Tokens! I am so grateful for those reminders. They keep me pressing on towards the mark!

The following is from a recent Facebook post that I shared: (I am well now, by the way!)

It’s amazing the many things we seem to take for granted on any given day. Things like good health, family, being able to go to church. We don’t realize how blessed we are till something goes awry in our lives.

I was reading a devotion about ‘diligence’ while lying in bed, running fever and in the worst pain I’ve felt in a while. It talked about being diligent in reading God’s Word.

Quoting from a few passages, {“Diligence is something that can keep us on our feet.”

It stated, “If you haven’t already, you need to realize how important diligence is. You need to face the fact that you simply can’t live a life of victory without it.

You can’t stand strong on the Word of God and not pick your Bible up during the week. Sunday morning alone isn’t going to get the job done. Yet most believers try to get by on that. That’s precisely why we have thousands of churches all over the world filled with born-again people who don’t have enough faith to blow their hats off. No diligence.

Listen, this is a daily thing. The devil’s out there 24 hours a day devising ways to make us fall. Jesus is on the throne 24 hours a day giving us power to resist him, and we need to be exercising our faith all the time.

If you’re going to stand in the days ahead, you’re going to need a lot more than Sunday school faith. You’re going to need some full-grown, mountain-moving faith, and there’s only one way to get that: by giving yourself to the Word more diligently than you ever have before.

So do it. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure; and no matter how slippery the situation gets, you won’t have to fall!”}

Amen to that!!!

I’ve always been a lover of the Word. I watched my father growing up, get the old family Bible out and read passages from it for hours on end. It’s what kept him also that last month when he simply wasn’t able to make it to church anymore.

Come what may in our lives, we must have diligence if we are gonna see our Lord face-to-face. We can’t let any thing stand in our way of making it to our Heavenly Home. There is simply nothing in this world worth losing our soul over!

I admit this has been a very stressful busy few weeks for me. I’ve missed more church than I would have cared to. Working a job, planning my daughter’s baby shower, moving stuff back to her home and helping her get the baby nursery and her home ready for a new bundle of joy, 4-hour round trips back and forth between Mississippi and Louisiana, not getting much sleep while taking care of sick grand-babies all night, while giving them doses of medicine around the clock, (all with help, I might add! Thanks Susan, Sunshine and Kylie!) all while mommy was in labor, and even after mommy got home from hospital, taking one still sick grand-baby to doctor, taking new grand-baby for first check-up, taking daughter on a two-hour-round trip to take care of business and groceries and coming home in the same night (another 2 hour trip home), and then finally falling sick myself.

I’m really not complaining. I’m simply thankful for life. I’m glad that my daughter still has a mother around who is still living and able to help. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! I didn’t get to share in these kinds of moments with my own mother passing from cancer when I was 15.

In saying all this, diligence had a lot to do with making it through all this. Yes, I may still be flat of my back, feverish, and my back has hurt me all night long, but it’s not the end of the world. I may be down, but I’m not out! Faith still here, diligence still here! His grace is enough.

I felt I needed to share this with someone today who is going through the fight of their life! You are never alone! Yes, you may feel alone and be the only person left in your family who is still attending church. Go anyway. Don’t let the little or big things stop you.

You may be facing sickness again, wondering if you will have to have those terrible treatments all over again. We simply can’t quit, come what may. When we are weak, He is strong!

Or maybe you are wondering where the money is going to come from to pay that bill.

Put God first. Don’t lose your faith! God will always make a way!

Stay strong. Stay in the Word. Pray. Build yourself up in the Holy Ghost. Not only build yourself up, but pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Be an encourager! And most of all, be diligent.

Have a blessed day!

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